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  • Join the monochrome set: five black & white beauties for Spring/Summer 2013

    Whoever said that black and white is boring? This Spring/Summer 2013 season, the monochrome look is all the rage, and can be seen being used in a number of designer's collections, including Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Moschino. Chic, easy to wear and effortlessly stylish, it's one of this season's sharpest trends. And if you're looking for some super snazzy accessories to accompany your minimalist look, you've come to the right place. Here's five black and white beauties for you to feast your eyes on.

    Tatty Devine Hot House Butterfly Necklace in White

    We've raved over Tatty Devine's new collection before on the blog, but this Hot House Butterfly Necklace in White (?35.00)?of theirs is particularly cute. Designed to look like a butterfly taking flight, it's spotted with tiny dots of black resin to recreate its signature markings. This would look divine (see what we did there?) paired with a cute white blouse and checkerboard patterned skirt.

    Butler and Wilson Crystal Star Ring in Black and Clear

    This Butler and Wilson Crystal Star Ring in Black and Clear (?28.00)?is dramatic in all the right ways. Big, blingy and utterly fabulous, it's a great way to add a bit of dazzle to your ensemble.

    Kirstin Ash Black and White Floral Bird Cluster Necklace

    Simple yet beautiful, this Kirstin Ash Black and White Floral Bird Cluster Necklace (?79.00)?reminds us of a vintage cameo necklace.??Featuring two pendants and a faceted black bead, the larger pendant has a black and white image of a perched bird against a pearlised background, while the smaller pendant features a black and white orchid design. We'd team this with a black and white shift dress for a real 1960s look.

    Alex Monroe 22kt Gold Plated White Topaz Chrysanthemum Bud Hook Earrings

    Alex Monroe's jewellery is always stunning, and these 22kt Gold Plated White Topaz Chrysanthemum Bud Hook Earrings (?109.95)?(which you may have recently seen in the pages of Vogue!) are no exception. Featuring sparkling white topaz stones set into chrysanthemum 'bud' settings with gently textured petals, these would lend any outfit a real touch of class.

    Lola Rose Boutique Bellamy Necklace in Black Agate and Montana Agate

    This Art Deco inspired Boutique Bellamy Necklace in Black Agate and Montana Agate from Lola Rose (?69.95)?embodies everything we love best about the monochrome trend. It's simple, yet stylish and elegant enough to be worn every day. ?This is definitely a piece which we can imagine one of the characters from Mad Men wearing on a night out!

    Want to see more? ?Then check out our website for more magnificent monochrome pieces. And make sure that you add us?Facebook?and on Twitter at?@accessories_uk?to keep up with all the latest news and exclusive offers!

  • Put a ring on it! Five of our favourite rings

    Fancy rocking an attractive piece of finger furniture this season but don't know where to start looking? ?We've scoured the Accessories Online site for five of the best rings from a number of designer collections. From the quirkyness of Ted Baker to the understated simplicity of Dogeared, you're sure to find something which catches your eye. So, if you fancy treating yourself this week, why not put a ring on it??

    Ted Baker Aiyella Ice Cream Ring

    Ted Baker excels at creating cute, unique pieces of jewellery which always manage to be affordable without looking cheap. With its pink scoop of ice cream and waffle cone patterned ring, this Aiyella Ice Cream Ring (?39.00) looks good enough to eat. We're incapable of looking at it without immediately craving a Mr. Whippy (with plenty of raspberry sauce and a flake please!)

    Lola Rose Beena Stretch Ring in Pink Blush Quarzite

    Big, bold and bright, this Lola Rose Beena Stretch Ring in Pink Blush Quarzite (?32.95)?is the colour of flushed cheeks on a breezy April day. Comprising of an?oval of semi-precious stone set on two stretch bands of delicate round pink beads, this ring is a perfect piece of pink loveliness which is just right for Spring.

    Dyrberg Kern Otario Confetti Ring in Shiny Gold

    If you're looking for a ring which makes a real impact, you'll love this dazzling Dyrberg Kern Otario Confetti Ring in Shiny Gold (?75.00).?Comprising of a number of geometric Swarovski crystals set into a shiny gold setting, this is a ring which is both smart?and?fun. This would be a great piece to wear with many of the metallic themed pieces that are so on trend this Spring/Summer season.

    Kirstin Ash Colourful Floral Bird Ring

    Need a piece to complete that killer floral-themed outfit you'll be wearing out and about this season? Put a bird on it! With its gorgeous array of colours,?Kirstin Ash's Colourful Floral Bird Ring (?59.00)?is pretty, feminine and fabulous.

    Dogeared Charmed Small Sterling Silver Heart Ring

    This Dogeared Charmed Small Sterling Silver Heart Ring (?28.95) might be one of the simplest rings we have in our collection, but that doesn't make it any less special. Simple and charming, this is a style staple that can be worn everyday and which will last forever.

    If you want to see more rings in our collection, check out our website!?And make sure that you add us?Facebook?and on Twitter at?@accessories_uk?to keep up with all the latest news, special offers and cute puppy pictures!?

  • Five of our favourite SS13 season jewellery arrivals

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, we're not talking about Christmas, or football transfer deadline day, but that first glorious pay day of the year. After a whole month of watching our pennies and living off Super Noodles, we can finally afford to treat ourselves. And what treat could be better than one of our gorgeous Spring/Summer season jewellery arrivals? ?From blingy bracelets to elegant earrings, you can stay on trend with pieces from top designers such as Dogeared, Tatty Devine, Fiona Paxton and more. ?Here's five of our favourites.

     

    Dyrberg Kern Almaz Crystal Tennis Bracelet with Skull in Shiny Gold

    We love this Dyrberg Kern Almaz Crystal Tennis Bracelet with Skull in Shiny Gold (?89.95). It combines simplicity with a hard - slighty sinister edge, symbolised by the small skull charm near the clasp. Unique and chic, we'd team with a wiggle dress and some seriously killer heels.

    House of Harlow Silver Triangle Collar Necklace

    We've yet to find a House of Harlow piece that we don't love, and this Silver Triangle Collar necklace (?49.95) is no different. Combining linked triangles with textured patterning, it goes perfectly with the tailored look that's so on trend at the moment. Wear this with a smart buttoned up shirt, a pair of skinny jeans and some brogues to make a real statement.

    Kirstin Ash Colourful Floral Bird Ring

    You can't beat a good piece of bird jewellery, and this vibrant Kirstin Ash Colourful Floral Bird Ring (?59.00) will add a pop of colour to the dullest of outfits. Taken from Kirstin Ash's 'Something Like Paradise' collection, it's big, bright and very beautiful.

    Fiona Paxton Rose Necklace in Oxidised Silver

    If you're looking for a necklace with some serious WOW factor, then this Fiona Paxton Rose Necklace in Oxidised Silver (?175.00) is definitely the piece for you. Rose is a tribal inspired piece which combines?three circular cabochons with lengths of draped herringbone chain. Whatever you choose to wear this with, it's sure to make an impact.

    Les Nereides Bouton de Rose Little Red Rose Hoop Earrings

    If you're looking for something slightly more understated, how about these Les Nereides Bouton de Rose Little Red Rose Hoop Earrings (?50.00)? Delicate and dainty, these are finished with a tiny, hand enamelled red rose and jet black Swarovski crystal in a square shaped setting. Not only do they remind us of the first bloom of Spring, they may be one of the prettiest pairs of earrings we've seen in a while.

    If you’ve got any questions or queries, you can contact us either via?Facebook?or by tweeting us at@accessories_uk. While you’re on Facebook, make sure that you enter our?fabulous competition with Visit Scotland?where you could win a fabulous 5* break to Scotland!?

  • Winter Sale Picks: Five of our favourite bracelets

    Heard the news? It's?Double Discount time at Accessories Online! We're offering 15% off everything,?including all of our Winter Sale items?when you use the code DD15 at the checkout. It's a jewellery bonanza! If you're looking for a bit of inspiration on what to buy, we've produced some blog posts showcasing our favourite necklace and earrings picks. Today it's the turn of bracelets, and from sparkly horse heads to gorgeous jewel coloured beads, you're sure to see something which tickles your fancy.

    Butler and Wilson Crystal Horse Bracelet

    Butler and Wilson are renowned for their quirky (and exceedingly sparkly!) pieces and this Crystal Horse Bracelet?(?20.40)?is no exception. Featuring a crystal horse head motif - with flashing emerald eyes - within a horseshoe shaped chain, it would make a beautiful and unique present for any equestrian.

    Dogeared Chain and Parallel Bead Bracelet in Emerald

    This Dogeared Chain and Parallel Bead Bracelet in Emerald (?44.07) is bright and beautiful - just the thing to banish those January blues.?Featuring sections of gorgeous green beads intertwined with tiny faceted disco balls, it would add a gorgeous pop of colour to any outfit.

    Dyrberg Kern Osanna Bracelet in Shiny Silver

    This stunning Dyrberg Kern Osanna Bracelet in Shiny Silver (?55.97) exudes elegance. Featuring Swarovski crystals embedded into a chunky chain style bracelet, it's simple, timeless and thoroughly ladylike. And - with Valentines Day only a month away - this would make a wonderful, romantic gift.

    House of Harlow Pave Arrow Bracelet in Gold

    We love the chic, vintage vibe of the House of Harlow collection and this Pave Arrow Bracelet in Gold (?34.98) is a real stunner. Super unique and super cute, we'd accompany this with a pair of slim jeans and brogues for a tailored Tomboy look.

    Kirstin Ash Liberty Charm Bracelet

    Kitsch - and just a tad girly - this Kirstin Ash Liberty Charm Bracelet (?66.50) looks like the kind of thing you'd find buried away in an antiques store. Laden with lots of lovely charms on Liberty fabric backgrounds, it's a beautiful statement piece which would look good encircled around any wrist. See something that takes your fancy? You’ll need to act soon, as stocks are limited! If you’ve got any questions or queries, you can contact us either via?Facebook?or by tweeting us at@accessories_uk. While you're on Facebook, make sure that you enter our fabulous competition with Visit Scotland where you could win a fabulous 5* break to Scotland!?

  • 12 Days of Christmas: Kirstin Ash Swans Locket

    Kirstin Ash Swans Locket

    On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me seven Swans-a-Swimming...

    It's only two weeks to go until Christmas - a prospect which is both exciting and (if you've still got all your Christmas shopping to do) more than a little stressful. But don't panic! We've got lots of lovely pieces on our website, meaning you can do all your shopping from the comfort of your settee while eating mince pies.? Throughout December, we’ll be showcasing some of our favourite pieces from across the website, all of which would make excellent presents for a loved one (or even yourself!) Expect to see lots of lovely pretty shiny goodies for all tastes and budgets ? from lovely lockets to brilliantly blingy bracelets.

    Our pick for today is this elegant Kirstin Ash Swans Locket (?75.00). We love everything in Kirstin Ash's collection, and this lovely little locket is no exception. Simple, yet beautiful, it has a gorgeous vintage vibe to it, and is just the right size for you to hide your secrets in. It would go perfectly with a simple white tailored shirt or 1940s inspired tea dress.

    At AccessoriesOnline.co.uk, we believe that your present purchasing should be as easy as possible. Make sure you?look at our website?to find out how we make Christmas shopping simple. And if you need?some help choosing the perfect gift for your nearest and dearest, you can with us using our Live Assistance, send us a Tweet on?Twitter?or give us a call on 08451 083 073. We’re happy to help!

  • 12 Days of Christmas: Kirstin Ash Red Rosebud Ring with Hummingbird

    Kirstin Ash Red Rosebud Ring with Hummingbird

    On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me four Colly Birds?

    Feel that festive chill in the air? ?Are you suddenly possessed of a sudden urge to listen to Mistletoe & Wine on repeat while eating your own bodyweight in Mince Pies? It means that Christmas is on its way - a time of peace, goodwill to all men, and panicking over what gifts you're going to buy your loved ones. But never fear! Here at Accessories Online, we plan to take the hassle out of Christmas shopping, meaning that you won't have to buy everyone socks and thermal underwear because you can't think of anything else. Throughout December, we’ll be showcasing some of our favourite pieces from across the website for all tastes and budgets. Expect to see lots of lovely pieces featured, from shiny gold rings to gifts to get your lord a-leaping!

    As you may have noticed, our recent 12 Days of Christmas pieces have followed a bit of ?a bird theme, and today's pick is no different. But when an item of jewellery is as pretty as this Kirstin Ash Red Rosebud Ring with Hummingbird (?59.00)?who can blame us? With its red-gold pattern and tiny gold charm, this is a real Christmas cracker, and will go with practically everything from skinny jeans to shimmering cocktail dresses.

    At AccessoriesOnline.co.uk, we believe that your present purchasing should be as easy as possible. Make sure you?look at our website?to find out how we make Christmas shopping simple. And if you need?some help choosing the perfect gift for your nearest and dearest, you can with us using our Live Assistance, send us a Tweet on?Twitter?or give us a call on 08451 083 073. We’re happy to help!

  • Christmas Gift Guide: Our pick of pieces under ?75

    Like it or not, the festive season is just around the corner and it’s time to get organised. Think about it ? would you rather be spending your Christmas Eve running around a shopping centre panic buying presents for Aunty Mabel and Grandad Tom, or wearing a leopardprint onesie and drinking gin while singing along badly to?Wham's Last Christmas?

    If it all seems a bit daunting, then never fear. We nice people at Accessories Online are here to help! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be producing some gift guides showcasing our favourite pieces for various budgets. Whether you’ve ?200.00 or ?20.00 to spend, you’re sure to find something here to suit any and every taste.

    Here’s our pick of pieces under ?75.00, featuring swans, sparkles and what may possibly be the blingiest pair of earrings you'll see all season.

    Earrings

    Butler and Wilson Big Art Deco Trapezium Shaped Crystal Drop Earrings in Gold

    Just how amazing are these gold Butler and Wilson Big Art Deco Trapezium Shaped Crystal Drop Earrings? (?68.00)?Oversized and totally over-the-top, they're just the thing to help you channel your inner Pat Butcher this festive season.

    Dinny Hall Sterling Silver Elongated Lotus Petal Earrings

    If your tastes veer towards something slightly more understated, you might prefer these Dinny Hall Sterling Silver Elongated Lotus Petal Earrings (?75.00)?Lotus flowers symbolise purity and light, so these earrings may be just the thing to wear if you're feeling slightly woozy after a night on the Sherry.

    Necklaces

    Dogeared Sterling Silver 100 Good Wishes Beaded Necklace

    What could be a better Christmas gift than a wish? Well, 100 wishes are better than one, so how about this Dogeared Sterling Silver 100 Good Wishes Beaded Necklace? (?74.95)?Each bead on this lovely necklace represents an individual wish. Wear it long or wrap it around your neck for a layered look. And if that wasn't a good enough reason to buy this, don't forget that every Dogeared piece comes with a free gift!

    Kirstin Ash Swans Locket

    Kirstin Ash's distinctive designs are influenced by the kind of vintage curios you'd find rummaging through an antique store. Her Swans Locket (?75.00) is gorgeous - with its simple colours and elegant detail of swans in flight, this is a real one-of-a-kind piece.

    Rings

    Dyrberg Kern Starlight Emily Swarovski Crystal Ring in Shiny Gold

    If you're looking to pop a shiny gold ring in someone's stocking this Christmas, you probably won't find any shinier than this Dyrberg Kern Starlight Emily Swarovski Crystal Ring in Shiny Gold (?75.00).?Comprising of rows of shimmering Swarovski diamonds encased in a thick gold band, this is a statement piece which well and truly makes a statement.

    Bracelets

    Karen Millen Crystal Encrusted Bangle

    And if that wasn't sparkly enough for you, how about this Karen Millen Crystal Encrusted Bangle? (?75.00) Simple and slender, it's a luxe piece for a low price. Team this with a little black dress, and you'll look like a real Christmas Cracker.

    At AccessoriesOnline.co.uk, we believe that your present purchasing should be as easy as possible. Make sure you?look at our website?to find out how we make Christmas shopping simple. And if you need?some help choosing the perfect gift for your nearest and dearest, you can with us using our Live Assistance, send us a Tweet on?Twitter?or give us a call on 08451 083 073. We’re happy to help!

  • Five Fantastic Festival Looks

    The August Bank Holiday weekend is rapidly approaching, and with it a bumper crop of festivals (Reading and Leeds, Creamfields and Notting Hill Carnival to name but a few). If you're looking for something to wear which is slightly more fashionable than a pair of muddy wellies, why not check out our collection of festival jewellery? Here's five of our favourite picks.

    Dogeared Silver Wishbone Necklace

    If you want to make a wish for good weather (and relatively little mud), then this Dogeared Large Silver Wishbone Necklace (?44.95)?is the item for you. ?Simple and chic, it goes with practically everything, from Kaftans to Cagoules.

    House of Harlow Locket Ring

    Chunky and unique, I love the feathered detailing on this House of Harlow 14ct Gold Plated Feather Locket Ring?(?62.97)?The locket effect also allows you to hide lots of little secret goodies (such as paracetamol for when that next-day-post-cider hangover kicks in).

    Kirstin Ash Zebra Cluster Necklace

    Cluster necklaces are very popular at the moment, and this Kirstin Ash Zebra Cluster Necklace (?79.00) is one of my favourites. It features two pendants - one with?a small four leaf clover on a vintage paper background, and one which features a very splendid?golden silhouette of a zebra.

    Daisy Chakra Bracelet - Sahasrara - The Crown Chakra - Gold Plated

    If you'd like to wear something slightly more fashionable than a festival wristband around your wrist, I suggest this Daisy Chakra Bracelet - Sahasrara - The Crown Chakra - Gold Plated (?86.00)?The chakra symbolises intelligence, awareness and thoughfulness, which are all the attributes you need when you're trying to navigate your way around a field at 3am.

    Fiona Paxton Tulsa Earrings in Silver

    These Fiona Paxton Tulsa Earrings in Oxidised Silver (?44.98)?are long, slim and stylish. The herringbone style metal chain and stud tops lend them a spiky elegance.

    Are you off to a festival this weekend? Which of our pieces would you like to be wearing? Let us know in the comments, or by tweeting us at @accessories_uk.

  • Windows in Time by Kirstin Ash

    We're really excited about the latest Kirstin Ash jewellery collection that's heading our way soon called 'Windows in Time'.

    The inspiration for this collection originated from looking through some early 20th century photos. One particular photo of a beautiful woman gazing out a window caught Kirstin’s attention. After finding the photo and wondering what the lady had in her thoughts Kirstin began to think about her own recollections. ?Windows In Time’ reflects the shared nostalgia found in fragments of the past that shape our present.

    'Make a Wish' cluster necklace, ?75

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    Says Kirstin: ?Based on some of my fondest memories, ’Make a wish dandelions’, ?Secret shores at the lighthouse’ and ?Scuffing leaves’ are a few of the whimsical pieces in the collection that I felt excited to share.?

    Pretty Things Charm Bracelet, ?89

    Pretty

    ?Windows in time’ separates itself from existing Kirstin Ash collections, with new finishing techniques that give the images a depth of colour and feature metallic line work. All of the pieces in the collection are designed from scratch in her Sydney studio, with many intricate processes going into creating each piece by hand. Kirstin adds:

    ?I hope this collection allows your mind to wander through the windows in time and appreciate the beauty of imagination and the joy in simple things.?

    'Secret Shores' cluster necklace, ?69

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    What do you think about this beautiful new collection?

  • Accessories - What's your Style Profile?

    Guest PostWhatever your personal style, or what you have to wear on a day-to-day basis, one of the best ways to express who you are is through your accessories. There are so many diverse looks to experiment with within the realm of accessories that the possibilities can be endless no matter what you wear. Below are just a few of the different styles that can be spotted today.

    Kooky

    Kooky girls are always on the lookout for the weird and wonderful in accessories: unexpected objects as pendants, piles of mismatching bracelets, charms and strange shapes and materials. Sometimes it's about pieces that have other meanings, jewellery that can represent part of their personality or an individual interest. And sometimes it's just about finding something gorgeous to wear that bucks a trend or differs from the norm.

    Disney Couture Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Button Charm Necklace, ?42.95

    Disney

    Kooky girls will love : Disney Couture, Lenora Dame, Tatty Devine

    Classic

    Classic girls have a chic, neat sense of style that works anytime and anywhere. Decoration is kept to a minimum - no stacked chains or jangling bracelets need apply - but with a level of taste that is timeless and undeniable. The classic ideal is to invest in beautiful accessories that will last a lifetime; special pieces in precious metals that can be passed down the generations and will never go out of style.

    Alex Monroe 22kt Gold Plated Baby Twig Horseshoe Necklace, ?84.95

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    Classic girls will love: Alex Monroe, Dyrberg Kern, Catherine Weitzman

    Vintage

    Vintage girls have one eye on the past and the other on the fashion scene. Taking inspiration from decades gone before, they combine thrift finds and family heirlooms with looks which are constantly being recreated for the current season. From 1940s florals to the retro glam of the 50s and 60s, vintage lovers will always have a look to suit their favourite era at the same time as keeping up to date with modern trends.

    Kirstin Ash Blue Birdie Bow Necklace, ?69.95

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    Vintage girls will love: Cath Kidston, Kirstin Ash, Lulu Guinness

    Glamorous

    Glamorous girls love to rock the Hollywood red-carpet look of high-end bling. Nothing can have too much sparkle and Glamorous girls have the ability to dress up any outfit instantly with gorgeous twinkly and colourful accessories. Chandelier earrings and crystals galore are essentials in the glamorous jewellery box, to make sure an outfit is never less than completely fabulous.

    Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Feather Cuff in Gunmetal, ?360

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    Glamorous girls will love: Kenneth Jay Lane, Butler and Wilson, Karen Millen

    Statement

    Statement girls love to let their jewellery to speak for itself and will always use their accessories as the main focus of an outfit. Big shapes, tribal influences and high colour are the order of the day and the look carries seamlessly through from day to night. Statement girls know that bold accessories will always be the quickest and most effective way to update any outfit.

    Fiona Paxton Surat Jewelled Necklace in Silver, ?175

    Fiona

    Statement girls will love: Fiona Paxton, Angie Gooderham, Lola Rose

    So what's your accessories style? Do you stick with one look or like to mix and match?

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  • Bicycle Tales by Kirstin Ash

    Lucky Bicycle Love Necklace, ?61.95

    Lucky

    Our new Kirstin Ash jewellery has only been on the site for a matter of weeks, but it's already had a fantastic response.? Then again, it's hard not to love a collection with such a beautiful theme.

    Here's a little bit of background about the current collection we have, called 'Bicycle Tales'.

    Kirstin Ash jewellery has always maintained a quirky, vintage feel that people have come to know and love. Launched in spring 2010, Bicycle Tales is the latest collection from the Kirstin Ash jewellery range. Kirstin was inspired after a day of bicycle riding through the gorgeous medieval Tuscan town of Luca, famous for its wealthy merchant trading and ancient wall surrounding the entire town.

    Using iconic Liberty of London fabric, each piece is created using a range of Liberty classics and new seasons fabrics. Richly coloured, bright and individual each piece is created using a mix of floral and hero Bicycle print fabric by designer Grayson Perry.

    A selection of the new additions to the Kirstin Ash range includes the ?lucky love’ mini resin pendants with wishbone and heart charms and charm bracelets featuring double sided charms with 3d owl and bee charms.

    Garden Bee Necklace, ?61.95

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    Additional new pieces are ?Garden party’ and ?Bicycle love’, which are the striking statement pieces of the latest collection.? Garden Party is made with the well known Strawberry Thief Liberty fabric set with an array of birds and bees, conjuring scenes reminiscent of a beautiful garden.

    ?The new pieces really add an exciting dimension to our collection", says Kirstin, "while still staying true to the quirky, vintage feel that people have come to know and love. ?I hope that our loyal customers love them as much as we do!?

    Well we certainly love it!

  • Kirstin Ash Jewellery Arriving Soon

    kirstinashOur new Kirstin Ash jewellery collection will be arriving with us soon. If you're our Facebook fan then you probably will have seen our preview of the new collection that's on the way.

    The Kirstin Ash collections are distinctive in design with antique finishes, quirky animals and playful silhouettes forming her signature style. Each collection has a story of its own but draws from a common inspiration of vintage curios, ordinary and obscure objects, children's books and Paris.

    Although Kirstin still classes herself as a New Zealand Designer and proud Kiwi, she now lives in Sydney where the warm weather seems more desirable. "New Zealand is still my home, I just wish it would be about 10 degrees warmer!"

    We'll be stocking her new collection Bicycle Tales which features richly coloured and whispering tales of times gone by. This collection is hand cut from iconic Liberty fabrics and handmade in her Sydney studio.

    We're expecting delivery very soon, so keep an eye out for it on the website. We'll also keep you updated on our Facebook page, so make sure you're signed up as a fan.

    Kirstin Ash Jewellery

    Kirstin

  • London Fashion Week February 2010

    I was at London Fashion Week yesterday to place orders for our autumn/winter 2010 collections (I still can't get used to writing '2010', maybe I'll be used to it by the end of the year?). It was another typically hectic day that kicked off with my first appointment at Butler & Wilson. I love placing orders with B&W.? Everything is so sparkly and tempting - if I wasn't careful then the magpie in me would be buying everything in the shop. This season they've got some really outstanding items including jewelled goldfish cuffs, graduated crystal earrings and some ornate bridal headdresses. We'll have these items online in the next few months so keep an eye out for them. While I was there I treated myself to a rather sparkly, rather beautiful and rather expensive iPhone cover...you can see a photo of it here. I'm feeling a little guilty about buying it now...but it's so pretty and sparkly...

    Inside Butler & Wilson's South Molton St shop

    Inside

    After my 'shopping spree' in B&W I was in a cab heading over to LFW at Somerset House. Why they continue to use this venue I do not know - it's an impressive venue, but it's terrible to walk around as a buyer, because the designers are hidden away in various nooks and crannies of the building which covers quite a large area. Trying to find them all must have added at least half an hour to my visit which isn't great when you're on a tight schedule. Bring back LFW at the Natural History Museum.? When I'd finally found where to register and woven my way through a few corridors I found the stand for one of our favourite designers Alex Monroe.

    Alex's new collection is entitled "The Peacock and the Crow". This new collection comprises of detailed gold plated peacock feathers with semi precious gems? and stunning Ruthenium plated crow feathers that have an almost iridescent sheen to them (think of the colours you can see in a black magpie feather). We'll have this collection in June - I think I'll be treating myself to one of the feather necklaces when it arrives.

    Alex Monroe's Peacock and the Crow Collection

    Alex

    Then it was on to the Tatty Devine stand where I placed an order from their autumn/winter collection "The age of the blazing trails". Tatty Devine turn ten this year, and they're taking inspiration from women who set the world alight. Unfortunately I can't share photographs of the new collection with you just yet, but I can tell you to expect pieces comprising of pearls and crystals, pocket watches and some bright colourful pieces too. This collection should be arriving in late August. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page as soon as we can share them with you.

    I then went to see the hugely talented Fiona Paxton who had very kindly managed to grab me a much needed glass of champagne (this job does sometimes have its perks). For AW10, Fiona has created a collection entited "Four-Sided Constellation" with some detailed statement necklaces and cuffs with geometric patterning. My favourite was the drape necklace you can see in the top right of the photo below.

    Fiona Paxton at London Fashion Week

    Fiona

    A new designer that we'll be introducing to the site for autumn is the very lovely Jacey Withers. I've been admiring Jacey's designs from afar for a while now, so I couldn't resist placing an order. I love the new treasure chest locket we'll be stocking - it's a little chest that opens and spills out treasure. There are also some beautifully detailed raccoon pieces too - see the photos below for a sneak preview.

    Jacey Withers

    Jacey

    The Jacey Withers raccoon necklace - look at his tail!

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    My final stop at LFW was Lola Rose. The AW10 collection has a beautiful collection of new stones and some fantastic new styles. I loved their new longer beaded necklaces and have ordered some for autumn - expect long necklaces with simple strands of beads, some faceted heart necklaces in a brand new shape and chunky rings.

    New Lola Rose for Autumn

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    Lola Rose Rings Galore

    Lola

    I'd now finished at LFW, but I still had one more appointment at the May Fair Hotel to keep. I was pretty much dead on my feet at this point, having drunk only champagne and water since breakfast (not as glamorous as it sounds when your head is spinning), so it was great to sit down and relax while I ordered some new pieces from two brand new designers Lenora Dame and Kirstin Ash.

    Lenora Dame is an American designer who creates jewellery pieces with combinations of old and new materials, wood, glass, textiles, found objects, lucite, paper and twine. Her eclectic creations have been worn by celebrities including Katie Perry and America Ferrera. Here's a little preview of things to come:

    Lenora Dame Alphabet Bracelet

    Lenora

    If you love all things birdy then you'll love our second new designer Kirstin Ash. Her jewellery is handmade in Sydney, Australia. Antique finishes, quirky animals and playful silhouettes form her signature style. Each collection has a story of its own but draws from a common inspiration of vintage curios, ordinary and obscure objects, children's books and Paris. Again, here's a little taster:

    Kirstin Ash Hummingbird Pendant

    Kirstin

    We will keep you updated as to when these two new designers will be arriving, so keep an eye on the blog.

    A little exhausted, I headed back to Euston to catch the 7pm train back to Liverpool. The end of a long but exciting day!

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